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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | July 21, 2019

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2019 Spring Training

Defense Wastes Two-Hit Performance from Bauer in Walk-Off; A’s 3, Indians 2

May 11, 2019 |

Trevor Bauer got back on track on Saturday afternoon in Oakland, but the Cleveland offense and defense both derailed as the A’s wasted an Indians rally in the ninth with one of their own to walk off for the second straight game, 3-2.

Bauer fulfilled his role as the team’s active number one starter, but a quiet day at the plate from the offense and an adventure in the field with a pair of errors and several other mental mistakes cost the Indians a chance to even up the series in Oakland. The Indians were unable to break through against Athletics starting pitcher Aaron Brooks (who took the mound in the second after the unanticipated opening effort from reliever Liam Hendriks), but they hung in and rallied in the ninth before falling with one out in the bottom of the frame. Read More

2019 AL Central Preview: Minnesota Twins

March 28, 2019 |

The Minnesota Twins finished the 2018 season right in the middle of the American League standings with a 78-84 record, but with a seven-game drop off from 2017 and 13 games off of the pace set by the Cleveland Indians, manager Paul Molitor got the boot. First-time skipper Rocco Baldelli takes over at the helm at Target Field and will see those same Indians (well, sort of…) standing in between him and his first managerial win. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 0

March 28, 2019 |

The march to Opening Day has finally reached its destination. Major League Baseball will begin the 2019 regular season schedule around the country with games all day long on Thursday. The Cleveland Indians will start the year away from home again, opening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they will be hosted by the Twins in a 4:10 PM ET first pitch.

Countdown to Opening Day – 0 days

It was another longer than expected offseason for the Indians, who for the second straight season suffered a first round ouster in the American League Division Series as they were swept by the Houston Astros in three straight games to spell the end of the 2018 Major League Baseball season for the city of Cleveland. Read More

2019 AL Central Preview: Kansas City Royals

March 27, 2019 |

There will be a lot of new and fresh faces around the Kansas City Royals clubhouse this season as they continue their rebuild in 2019. Things have changed drastically in Missouri from just four years ago.

The Royals, who went to back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015, ended a 30-year title drought in the latter campaign, but the team has been unable to post a winning record in three seasons since. After an 81-81 season in their championship defense in 2016, they fell a game back to 80-82 in 2017 as free agent departures left the team lacking much of the speed and defense (and some power) that had put them atop the American League Central while winning a pair of pennants. What was an avoidable situation, the front office made the ill-advised decision to give their title hopes one last hurrah and instead missed an opportunity to get back prospects for the likes of Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and other possible trade pieces in missed moves that only delayed the turnaround of the rebuild. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1 – Greg Allen

March 27, 2019 |

On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 1 day

Barring an unexpected last minute change, Greg Allen will be with the Indians in the number 1 as one of a handful of outfielders on the 25-man roster to open the season on Thursday in Minnesota.

Entering his third year, the speedy outfielder (who switched last year from the number 53 to 1) has a chance to make his mark in an uncertain mix at his position. While his center field job was taken by Leonys Martin (picked up last July from Detroit), opportunities in left and right field were both available this offseason after significant departures from the roster at the positions, including regulars Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall. The team had several candidates in camp to consider, but the versatile Allen was able to claim one of the spots on the club. Read More

2019 AL Central Preview: Detroit Tigers

March 26, 2019 |

Year two of the Ron Gardenhire era in Detroit should very much be a repeat of the first as the rebuilding club has a lot of questions and few definitive answers as spring training comes to a close.

The hopes for a surprise season in Motown are linked to a return to great health from two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera. Continued growth from free-agent-to-be Nick Castellanos is also a significant factor in how the year shapes out, although it is tough to envision a scenario in which the converted outfielder isn’t instead converted into some extra pieces for the years ahead by the July 31 trade deadline. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

March 26, 2019 |

On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 2 days

Few in life are comfortable with a second place finish and in Indians history, few have made a lengthy stay as the number two man on the field for the club.

A number once in heavy rotation through the early 1960s, it disappeared for over 20 years over parts of the next three decades, reappearing in the mid-1980s. Twenty-three players donned it on the field in the first 33 years numbers were used by the organization, but just 13 have taken ownership of it over the last 34 years. Read More

2019 AL Central Preview: Chicago White Sox

March 25, 2019 |

Where will the 2019 season take the Chicago White Sox? Will they find themselves farther ahead in their youth movement and rebuilding process? Or will they find that they still have a couple more years before they can contend with the likes of the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins?

The White Sox’s offseason could be considered a disappointment, as despite being rumored landing spots for the top two players on the free agent market this winter (Bryce Harper and Manny Machado), the southside club missed out on the pair and instead reallocated some funds to top prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has yet to make his Major League debut but will get the security of a sizeable financial commitment by his organization. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 3

March 25, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 3 days

Former Indians center fielder Earl Averill may have gotten a late start to his Major League career, but it did not prevent him from putting together one of the better careers of any player to wear a Cleveland uniform on the baseball diamond, let alone the number three. Read More

Indians Add Miller to Aid Injured Infield

March 24, 2019 |

With Francisco Lindor on the injured list to start the year and the status of Jason Kipnis still pending (but also expected to involve an injured list trip), the Cleveland Indians added some infield depth on Sunday afternoon, signing veteran Brad Miller to a one-year Major League contract.

Miller opted out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after being informed that he would not make the club. He was in the lineup for the Indians on Sunday, getting in work at second base. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 4 – Bradley Zimmer

March 24, 2019 |

In less than a week, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 4 days

Bradley Zimmer, resident number four on the Cleveland Indians roster, suffered the worst kind of sophomore slump in his second season with the Tribe a year ago.

At the age of 25, the former 2014 first round pick made the roster and slotted in as the team’s center fielder, but he got off to a rough start. Through his first eight games, he was hitting just .154 with more than a strikeout per every other trip to the plate (14 in 27 plate appearances), but the modest six-game hitting streak that followed boosted his average 123 points. Over his next ten games, he would get just five hits (with his strikeout rate improving slightly with 12 Ks in 29 plate appearances) and his average for the month settled in at the .240 mark. Read More

Tribe Names Kluber Opening Day Starter

March 23, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians ended speculation on Saturday when they announced that Corey Kluber will be the Opening Day starter of the 2019 season next Thursday in Minneapolis.

This will mark Kluber’s fifth straight Opening Day start, barring no surprises by the time the Indians do battle with the Twins. Read More